West African States: Failure and Promise: A Study in Comparative Politics

West African States: Failure and Promise: A Study in Comparative Politics

by John Dunn (Editor)


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In 1956 the West African coast between southern Mauretania and western Cameroon was lined with no less than ten European colonial territories, along with a single independent African state. All of these colonial units have joined Liberia in formal political independence. Their political experiences since 1956 and indeed the forms of their present political regimes themselves have varied very widely over this period, from the defiant and paranoid austerity of Guinea to the gleeful surge of Nigeria's oil-generated capitalist expansion. In political taste the present governments cover almost the full spectrum of Third World regimes. Yet the societies themselves have many geographical and historical features in common, certainly far more in common than in the case of most units studied by analysts of comparative politics. This book was first published in 1978.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521292832
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/01/1978
Series: African Studies , #23
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1. Comparing West African states John Dunn; 2. Ghana Richard Rathbone; 3. Guinea R. W. Johnson; 4. Ivory Coast Bonnie Campbell; 5. Liberia Christopher Clapham; 6. Nigeria Gavin Williams and Terisa Turner; 7. Senegal Donal B. Cruise O' Brien; 8. Sierra Leone Christopher Allen; 9. Conclusion John Dunn.

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